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The secret is out, and now The Vampire Diaires can truly begin!
Following the conclusion to last week's episode, where Elena pretty much figured out what Stefan was, her fears were realized officially to begin this installment. As Stefan simply said: I'm a vampire. While this freaked our girll out initially and she wanted nothing to do with Stefan, Elena asked him to meet her for lunch the next day.
She wanted to know EVERYthing. Holy water? He could drink it. Sunlight? His ring protected him. Why did he let Damon near Caroline, considering how dangerous he is? Because denying Damon something is the worst thing you can do. He doesn't get mad, Stefan says, he gets even.
Cut to Damon in the Salvatore home with Vicki. Bored, he's actually fed her his blood, after draining so much of hers the night before. They can't leave the mansion because it's light out and Stefan has Damon's ring, so Damon plays with Vicki's mind a bit and the pair end up getting wasted together. This will get much worse shortly.
But back to Stefan and Elena. He tells her the story of he, Damon and Katherine, via flashbacks, as we see the trio in the mid 1800s. We learn that Stefan has been 17 years old since 1864. How did he get that way? After falling for Katherine, and telling her in the heat of love making that he wanted to be with her forever (meant in a typical, cheesy way, of course), Katherine sort of took him at his word: she bared her fangs and bit into him. We later learn she did the same to Damon and played with both their hearts for years. We still don't know how Katherine died or left, however.
As Elena is taking all of this in, her brother is in trouble. See, Damon got annoyed by Vicki's whining and snapped her neck. When she awoke, she was no longer human. She was in the transition period and her to either feed on human remains or die. Feeling awful - though unsure why yet - Vicki fled the Salvatore house and went to Jeremy's. She was ravenous and had a major headache. When Stefan and Elena arrived, he knew what was happening to her.
Stefan followed Vicki into the woods and explained it all. She was heartbroken, as you might imagine. But the pair soon had something else to worry about, as Stefan got shot by a wooden bullet. The man with the gun was Logan, who somehow used the stolen Gilbert watch to track down the vampires. (Interesting.)
Just as he was about to stake Stefan, Damon bit into his neck and killed him. Stefan gave his brother back his ring and was traumatized by what he saw: Vicki was feeding on Lloyd's blood. She's now a vampire.
Stefan goes back to break this news to Elena, who has heard a whole lot in one day. The episode ends with her telling Stefan she believes he'll never harm her, but, come on, they can't actually be together. She goes inside and cries.
** This episode did a great job answering questions, but it also created many new ones. Such as:
Damon hinted that there's more of the story to come. We can't wait.